re·align | \ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn \
realigned; realigning; realigns

Definition of realign 

transitive verb

: to align again especially : to reorganize or make new groupings of

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Other Words from realign

realignment \ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn-mənt \ noun

Examples of realign in a Sentence

We had to realign the text to fit it on the page. The car's wheels were realigned.

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As PennDOT winds up a long construction project that has realigned I-95, people are even talking about reopening several blocked pedestrian crossings on Delaware Avenue. Inga Saffron,, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 The road was expected to reopen this month, but the date was pushed back to mid-September as crews work to realign the highway. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: Who will be L.A.'s next police chief?," 9 May 2018 Regionals were realigned following last season, and Tosa was placed in the Waukesha South regional with Woodland Conference rival Pewaukee. Andrew Gruman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa wrestling finishes as regional runner-up, Brookfield East advances 12 wrestlers to sectionals," 11 Feb. 2018 That’s especially true in years when April tax revenues roll in below expectations, causing bean counters to scramble to realign priorities. Joshua Miller And Matt Stout,, "Mass. Legislature could strengthen Charlie Baker’s hand with budget delay," 12 July 2018 The road closure will allow crews to realign the parking entrance. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Section of Langley Drive in Lawrenceville to close for construction," 23 Mar. 2018 People with variable sleep patterns, such as shift workers, could also benefit from using a schedule of short-wavelength light exposure to help realign their circadian clocks. Jessica Schmerler, Scientific American, "Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?," 1 Sep. 2015 Gioia said the county will tap into reserve funds from AB109, a 2011 bill that realigned the state’s criminal justice system by transferring the incarceration of lower-level offenders from state prisons to county jails. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Honduran woman deported from Contra Costa jail is glad to hear ICE is getting booted," 12 July 2018 To handle more trains quickly, Muni has to realign the tracks that serve the stop, and that will require modifying nearby streets. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Muni Metro stop at Warriors’ new SF arena is one pricey platform," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of realign

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of realign was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of realign

: to change the position or direction of (something) slightly usually in relation to something else

: to organize (something) in a different way


transitive verb
re·align | \ˌrē-ə-ˈlīn \

Legal Definition of realign 

: to make new divisions or groupings of especially : to regroup (one or more litigants) to reflect the true arrangement of interests in a suit

Note: After examining the ultimate interests of the parties involved in a suit, the court might choose to realign the plaintiffs and defendants so that, for example, one of the defendants becomes a plaintiff.

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realignment noun

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